25.05.2016

Overview

Food system studies research group explores and assesses the sustainability and resilience of food system activities. The research group utilizes a post-disciplinary approach which connects social policy, economics and business management, environmental social science and philosophy. The interests of the research group embrace a diverse range of problems related to food security, food system vulnerabilities, climate change adaptation, food poverty, food ethics, food policy, and food supply chain management.

The capacity of global food systems to produce sustainable food security is seriously threatened by global challenges like population growth, urbanization, environmental problems, loss of farm land, resource scarcity, economic and financial concentration, inequality, and poverty. At the same time, an alarming increase in malnutrition related to overeating and unhealthy food consumption manifests itself in food-related diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Identifying and addressing these challenges requires post-disciplinary and innovative research.

Various topics of our research have included:

  • exploring the policy mismatches as dysfunctional factors in and between food system activities
  • identifying and mapping food system vulnerabilities
  • analyzing the meanings given to food security
  • evaluating the cohesion of food policies
  • ethical issues related to food system activities

Our aim is to produce research that helps decision makers understand how environmental, social and political changes impact on the food system and, hence, for the food security, health, and well-being of citizens. The goal is to foresee and develop interventions that tackle the underlying causes rather than mere symptoms of vulnerabilities, and to enable researchers and decision makers to cope with increasing eco-social changes predicted to occur in the near future.